driver abducted at gunpoint
By Seili Lewis
April 10, 2009 | After facing the rigors of an interview
Thursday afternoon for the position of engineering aide
for the city of Logan, Sharee Winterton, 19, was approached
by a man in the parking lot of the Logan City Police
"He approached me like he was going to ask me a question
then he pulled out a gun," said Winterton. "I told him
to take the keys, take everything, but he said no, that
I should get in the car and unlock the passenger door."
Obeying his commands, Winterton let the man into the
The man directed Winterton to take him to the fairgrounds.
She said that when he did not find what he wanted there,
he then told her to take him to the Cache Valley Mall.
She said her initial thought was to speed, hoping
that she could be pulled over by police and she could
get some help. To her dismay, despite her speeding,
she said, she wasn't pulled over.
Winterton said she began to ask the man questions
to do one of two things. She said she hoped that talking
to him might calm him down, and she might find out information
that might help the police to identify the man. The
man told her about his wife who had died just last month,
killed by a drunken driver. He talked about growing
up as a military kid, she said, and he'd been all over
the country and served an LDS mission.
When they arrived at the mall, the man apologized
"He said, 'I'm really sorry. I've just had a lot of
pent-up anger since my wife died.' I just said, 'Please
don't hurt me,' and he said he wouldn't hurt me," said
"He said, 'I'm sorry to inconvenience you so,' but
the initial response in a normal situation would be
to say it was no trouble at all but then I thought no,
who are you kidding -- this is a problem," said Winterton.
The man exited the car and Winterton took off as fast
as she could, she said. After driving around to the
front of the mall, she said she phoned 911 and contacted
She described the man as Hispanic, in his mid-20s,
and wearing khaki pants and a red hooded sweatshirt.
Police searched nearby businesses and the mall but had
no immediate success.